Donald Trump spent at least 75 minutes asking questions of New York Times staff and talked about climate change, Hillary Clinton, Steve Bannon, Alt-Right and Barack Obama.
President-elect Donald Trump visited the New York Times on Tuesday for a meeting with newspaper staff. Initially, Trump fired the meeting by citing a change in “terms and conditions” just hours before he was scheduled to arrive at their Manhattan office, but he went ahead on schedule. According to reports, Trump Chief of Staff Reince Priebus could have played a role in the cancellation of the meeting. Priebus would have told Trump that NYT had changed the rules of the meeting at the last minute.
A NYT spokesman, however, denied any knowledge of the change in terms. Preibus would have been against the idea of Trump meeting editors and reporters in NYT. He wanted the meeting not to be recorded in order to avoid any embarrassment for the president-elect. Trump spent at least 75 minutes taking questions from the staff. He talked about climate change, Hillary Clinton, Steve Bannon, Alt-Right and Barack Obama.
Here are his main quotes from the meeting:
# Trump on GOP leaders McConnell Press and President Paul Ryan: “Right now, they are in love with me. Four weeks ago they were not in love with me”
# Trump on the New York Times: “I read it, unfortunately I would live about 20 more years if I did not.”
# Trump on Steve Bannon: “If I thought he was racist or alt-right or anything, the terms we could use, I do not even think about hiring.”
# Trump about conflicts of interest: “In theory, I could manage my business perfectly, and then run the country perfectly. There has never been a case like this.
# Trump on Alt-Right: “I do not want to energize the group, and I disown the band. It’s not a group I want to energize, and if they’re energized, I want to look at the question and find out why. ”
# Trump on Hillary Clinton: “I think it would be very divisive for the country.”
# Trump on climate change: “I think there is some connectivity, some, something.
# Trump on Obama: “I did not know if I would like it … I probably thought that maybe I would not, but I did, I really enjoyed it.”
# Trump on the role of the US in the world: “I do not think we should be a nation-builder.”